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FLASH MOB: The U.S. Air Force Band at the Smithsonian —GORGEOUS - ’tis the Season



From a single Cello swelling to 120 Musicians.
Enjoy. And wishing you all a very Merry Holiday Season.

#t=36

CCR (ECCHR) Joins Criminal Complaint in Germany Against Bush-Era Architects of Torture

Germany's Chief Federal Prosecutor must investigate former CIA boss Tenet, former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and others - and should not wait until they are on German soil.

press@ccrjustice.org

December 17, 2014, Berlin – The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin has today lodged criminal complaints against former CIA head George Tenet, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other members of the administration of former US President George W. Bush. The ECCHR is accusing Tenet, Rumsfeld and a series of other persons of the war crime of torture under paragraph 8 section 1(3) of the German Code of Crimes against International Law (Völkerstrafgesetzbuch). The constituent elements of the crime of torture were most recently established in the case by the US Senate in its report on CIA interrogation methods. “The architects of the torture system - politicians, officials, secret service agents, lawyers and senior army officials – should be brought before the courts,” says ECCHR General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck, who is appearing today in connection with the issue in front of the German Parliamentary Committee on legal affairs. “By investigating members of the Bush administration, Germany can help to ensure that those responsible for abduction, abuse and illegal detention do not go unpunished.”




Read more, and I for one weep that we are not on top of this ourselves, the way we need to be after all the revelations:

http://ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press-releases/ccr-joins-criminal-complaint-germany-against-bush-era-architects-of-torture

Oh those Germans! Enjoy - and you don't need to speak the language


Cheney to lead Torture Pride March. The truth will out accd. to Andy Horowitz




WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” on Sunday, former Vice-President Dick Cheney told host Chuck Todd that he was “sick and tired of Americans being ashamed of our beautiful legacy of torture” and that he was organizing the first “National Torture-Pride March” to take place in Washington in January.

“This is a chance for all of us torturers to say, ‘Look at us, this is who we are,’” Cheney, who will be the Grand Marshall of the parade, said.The former Vice-President said that he was organizing the march to inspire “the millions of American kids who want to be torturers when they grow up but are afraid they’ll catch hell for it.”

“We’ll be there to say, ‘We’re torturers and we’re damn proud of it—join us,’” Cheney said.



www.borowitzreport.com

Winners are announced for *****Seasonal Fall Contest*****

Thanks to everyone for submitting, and for helping to make this contest a true event filled with color and beauty
I enjoyed helping out Tom Kitten - it was his contest - and he did the heavy lifting with the preliminary rounds.

go here to see the winners

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025959503

*****WINNERS Announcement*****Annual Seasonal Photo Contest for Autumn

As Tom Kitten’s stand-in I’m finishing the contest and happily announcing the winners:


First Place goes to rdking647 with
"Peaceful Afternoon"



Second Place goes to Dyedinthewoolliberal with

“Remnants"



Third Place goes to Bluedigger with
"Round-Up Ready!"



The rest of the finalists are:

Myself, Mira, with “Paddling in Hot Water”

JDB with “Serenity”

NVWhino with “Fall into Winter”

Blue_in_AK with “Autumn in the Mat-Su Valley"

Earth_First with “Delineating the Past”
in a tie with
Johnny Noshoes and “Golden November"

Justiceischeap with “Train Through Harper’s Ferry"




Since I am the temporary hostess I have the right to pull back out two of my personal favorites that did not make it into the finals:

For emotional richness and perfection in beauty and presentation my hostess choices are:


"Nature calls" - by Handmade34
and
"Ulmus americana on a bed of Ginkgo biloba” - by Alfredo



A happy and hearty THANK YOU to all of the friends of photography that with their comments and votes make these contests possible and make it a worthwhile fun presentation for us to show our work.

Citigroup to Move Headquarters to U.S. Capitol Building /revealed by Andy Borowitz



WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The banking giant Citigroup announced on Friday that it would move its headquarters from New York to the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in early 2015.

Tracy Klugian, a spokesperson for Citi, said that the company had leased thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of the House of Representatives and would be interviewing “world-class architects” to redesign the space to suit its needs.According to sources, Citi successfully outbid other firms, including JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, for the right to move its headquarters to the House floor.

The Citi spokesperson acknowledged that the extensive makeover of the House is expected to cost “in the millions,” but added, “It’s always expensive to open a new branch.”

Explaining the rationale behind the move, Klugian told reporters, “Instead of constantly flying out from New York to give members of Congress their marching orders, Citigroup executives can be right on the floor with them, handing them legislation and telling them how to vote. This is going to result in tremendous cost savings going forward.”

Klugian said that Citi’s chairman, Michael E. O’Neill, will not occupy a corner office on the House floor, preferring instead an “open plan” that will allow him to mingle freely with members of Congress.

“He doesn’t want to come off like he’s their boss,” the spokesperson said. “Basically, he wants to send the message, ‘We’re all on the same team. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get stuff done.’ ”

www.borowitzreport.com

How to make Torture work after all. It would make me spill my guts. (Chappatte cartoon)

It's time to bring out my "favorite" gut curdling political "joke"- keep YOUR favorite SOB in mind

There was a man who, everyday, would buy a newspaper on the way to
work, glance at the headline, and hand it back to the newsboy. Day
after day the man would go through this routine. Finally the newsboy
could not stand it and he asked the man, "Why do you always buy
a paper and only look at the front page before discarding it?"

The man replied, "I am only interested in the obituaries."

"But they are on page 21. You never even unfold the newspaper."

"Young man," he said, "the son of a bitch I'm looking for will be
on the front page."

Ted Cruz: Stop blaming Bush for things he did. Overheard and revealed byAndy Borowitz



WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted his Democratic colleagues in the Senate on Thursday, telling reporters, “I’m sick and tired of people blaming George W. Bush for things he did.”

In the aftermath of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, Cruz said, “Democrats have been busy with their favorite game again: bringing up catastrophic things that President Bush did and then blaming him for them.”

The Texas Senator raised the invasion of Iraq as an example of something that “Bush gets blamed for simply because he did it.”

“Just because President Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, costing thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, does that mean he should bear the blame for it?” he asked.

“America is not a place where you get blamed for things simply because they never would have happened unless you did them.”

He urged each of his Democratic colleagues “to look in the mirror and ask yourselves whether you want to be blamed for disasters you have personally created? In my case, the answer is a resounding ‘no.’”



www.borowitzreport.com
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